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Zombie run planned at Martinsburg Mall

September 01, 2013|By MATTHEW UMSTEAD | matthew.umstead@herald-mail.com

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. — A first-ever “Dread the Undead Zombie Run” is being planned at the Martinsburg Mall next month.

Organizers have asked the Martinsburg City Council to authorize Mayor George Karos to sign an endorsement letter to the state Alcohol Beverage Control Administration for an outdoor beer garden at the Oct. 12 event along Mall Drive.

The request is among several agenda items for a special city council meeting Wednesday, which is set to begin at 5 p.m. in the J. Oakley Seibert Council Chambers on the second floor of City Hall, 232 N. Queen St.

Organizers of the zombie-themed event also requested the city’s support for the mall’s plan to temporarily close its private-access road to Mall Drive during the event for the safety of participants and spectators.

The event is slated to be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and the road closure would force motorists to take Foxcroft Avenue to reach the mall and other businesses along the commercial strip.

The zombie run is being held in conjunction with the mall, the local Army National Guard recruiting office, the owners of Dirty Dawg Saloon and Sassy Girl Fitness, and the Apollo Civic Theatre. Proceeds from the charitable event will benefit the theater, according to an Aug. 23 letter organizers sent to the city.

“The Dread the Undead Zombie Run will be an exciting activity for anyone ages 14 and over to participate, as well as a fun event for the community to come out and watch,” organizers stated in the letter.

The event combines two of the currently trendy outdoor activities — zombie runs and obstacle courses —  according to organizers. 

In other business, the city council is expected to decide whether to award a $39.1 million contract to State College, Pa.,-based HRI Inc. for the city’s wastewater treatment plant upgrade project, contingent upon a bond closing.

Several related votes are scheduled at Wednesday’s meeting for proposed change orders to reduce the wastewater treatment plant project’s cost. The low bidder, HRI proposed to complete the project for $43.2 million.

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